Training Camp Blog with Ryan Malone
Day 2 - September 17, 2008
New Lightning wing Ryan Malone has agreed to provide a daily update from training camp for Tampabaylightning.com from today until the team departs for Prague next week.
We spent most of Day 2 going over systems, practicing what the coaching staff wants us to do on the defensive end and learning more about what our roles are going to be on the ice. The split-squad on-ice session was similar to yesterdays in that we spent most of it going through various drills, along with a little bit of conditioning skating. It was a good tempo practice and we wanted to keep it simple for the most part. The quality of the ice is not quite where we’d like it to be yet because it was just put in recently, so we just wanted to get a good workout in and slap the puck around a bit.
Personally, I felt pretty good out there today. I was able to score a couple of goals on Mike Smith, so I’m pretty proud of that. I was also really impressed with the play of Steven Stamkos today. I don’t know how he does it with the ice not up to par, but he looked good out there for only his second day of camp.
We were also able to get a good gym workout in after we got off the ice today. So far, everything’s been very organized and well-structured, and that makes things a lot easier.
I feel like everyone is starting to come together as a team now that we’re on the ice. I think we all feel more comfortable now and everyone is working hard together to get ready for the season, but we’re having fun at the same time.
I’m looking forward to the scrimmage tomorrow, and we’ll be able to take what we learned today and use it in a game-like situation before the upcoming preseason games. Overall, it was a good day and I’ll give it an A-, only because of the condition of the ice. I’ll be back for an update after the scrimmage tomorrow.